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Millbrook starting season with high hopes

Millbrook vs. Wakefield (Friday, Oct. 14, 2016)

Jul, 31 2017, 3:31 PM

Millbrook High School's football team is right where it needs to be on the first day of football practice.

"I thought (the first day of practice) was great. I thought the kids came out with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, flying around," said head coach Clarence Inscore. "I think we're right on course with where we want to be, we might be slightly ahead of schedule right now really."

Coming off a 7-5 season in 2016, the Wildcats took to the practice field for the first time on Monday morning.

"Talking with the staff after practice, everybody is really pleased with our varsity guys, where we're at right now," Inscore said.

Inscore has high hopes for Millbrook this fall. The Wildcats return a number of key players on both sides of the ball, and the senior class is one that has Inscore very excited.

"Number one I think we have to have strength in our senior leadership. I think we have a good class of seniors back and those guys have stepped up all off season, all summer nad through camp," he said. "This group is very tight knit, we've got a good group of seniors that have been together for a while. I think these guys are excited to play football."

Ford Werness will return as the quarterback for the Wildcats, and he'll have a solid offensive line to play behind. One hole that has to be filled is at running back. Larry Rountree, Jr., graduated after rushing for over 1,200 yards last season.

"Any time you have a really good running back like Larry – and before him Marcus (Marshall), and before him Keith (Marshall) – you don't want a guy to go in and try to fill those shoes, you want them to be themselves," Inscore said. "We're lucky that we have Chris Twitty who played in the backfield with Larry last year. Chris had done a phenomenal job for us, he's strong, he's fast, so I think he's going to step right into that role."

Twitty will be among the seniors this year that Inscore hopes to lean on to lead the team.

"We're hoping those guys are going to be leading the way for us. If you look at those guys, we've got good play at quarterback, we've got good leadership there; we've got good leadership on our offensive line, we've got a lot of guys coming back that got experience last year. Defensively, I think we've got some key guys coming back as well, so we're looking for a great year," said Inscore.

Millbrook will have to be ready to play in week one. The Wildcats open the season with Wake Forest High School, a former conference foe and the defending N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state champions.

"We went out this year and our first five games are tough games, there's not an easy one of the schedule. We do that for a lot of reasons – we want to be battle tested, we want to be ready for the conference and we want to be ready for the playoffs," said Inscore.

Millbrook's non-conference schedule includes road games at Wake Forest, Wakefield and Heritage in the first three weeks of the season, then home games with Middle Creek and Apex.

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